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57 Products On Amazon Our Readers Loved In 2016

You guys sure love face masks, mermaid tail blankets, coloring books and...gnome massacre statues?

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1. A cat-shaped Post-It holder that'll make any desk-scape so much cuter.

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Promising review: "This was given to me as a gift, and it absolutely made my day. What an adorable companion for my desk! My Post-It Notes have never been dispensed in such a cute way before. It's now impossible for me to have a bad day at work. It's just puuuurrrrfect." —Brandy Lee

Price: $7.63

2. A cold brew maker for people who drink iced coffee year-round.

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Promising review: "I believe this is the easiest to use of all the cold brewers. Takes up minimal space, too. Makes smooth, great tasting coffee concentrate without a messy, multistep process. Highly recommend!" —ETate

Price: $17.78

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3. Scalp scratchers that *look* creepy but *feel* amazing.

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Promising review: "The law of diminishing returns does not apply to this product. It is every bit as euphoria-inducing as it is the first time you use it. Never before or since have I felt such serenity as I do when stroking my cranium with this majestic apparatus." —Josh Gardner

Price: $1.86

5. A statue for people who aren't so fond of garden gnomes.

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Promising review: "My Gnomezilla scares critters of all sizes away from my yard. She is my first and last defense against unwanted vermin. Great purchase." —jamied

Price: $24.99

6. A necklace for people who have seen Jurassic Park at least 19 times.

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Promising review: "It is perfect for my little paleontologist. I participate in DiNovember, so I ordered this necklace, buried it in the dirt and had my daughter's dinosaurs leave her a note to come dig!" —Daniella K.

Price: $19.56

7. Lipsticks shaped like dicks (so...lipdicks).

Promising review: "Drunk me bought these and didn't realize it until I saw the confirmation email the next day. I was not disappointed. They actually have good pigmentation and last for awhile. Plus it's just fun to pull them out and put it on at church." —Vbsp14

Price: $18.20 (for 12)

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8. A journal for couples to fill out together every day of the year.

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Promising review: "Only two weeks in, this journal has become much more than 'a fun little exercise.' It is something that I look forward to doing every morning when I wake up. It has become a part of my daily routine, and I can't wait to answer the questions day after day. My boyfriend most definitely feels the same way. Not only is it fun, this journal has been the beginning of a lot of great conversations in our relationship. Even the silliest questions, (i.e. 'What's the softest thing you are wearing today?') are a cause for self-reflection and discussion, since I get to wear my PJs (I work from home), and my boyfriend's softest thing are his socks (poor sucker goes into a corporate office day after day). More serious questions have led to conversations about race (we are an interracial couple), culture, body image, etc." —S. Kahlon

Price: $10.69

9. Inexpensive leggings that won't reveal whether you're wearing a striped or floral undergarments.

Promising review: "I work at a gym, so I know good activewear when I see it. This is fantastic, I recommend it to anyone who comes into the gym who can't afford the super expensive stuff they sell! I weigh 180 pounds, I'm 5'0", and carry most weight in my thighs, so, pants like these can be horrible, either see through or too tight on the thighs, BUT these are perfect. They're opaque and solid. And fit perfectly around my thighs AND waist. I'll be buying more of these for work." —Chassidy

Price: $16.99

10. A cast iron skillet you can use as soon as you get it in the mail (it's pre-seasoned).

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Promising review: "I own several Lodge cast iron products and use them every day. I have 3 teenage boys that enjoy cooking, and after they destroyed a few Teflon-coated pans, I decided I would go heavy into cast iron. These pans are indestructible. You can use them in the oven or stovetop, and if you keep it seasoned properly, food will not stick. " —Ron Atkins

Price: $15.92

11. A power cable that one of our writers swears by.

Promising review: "You cannot go wrong with this wire. The thing is very heavy and well made for a lightning wire. The ones you get from Apple are not only overpriced, but far inferior compared to these. You can just feel and see the quality of this wire. I can't comment on longevity at this time, but I highly suspect that this will last me years." —Arok5

Price: $14.99

12. A spray that'll make your ~bathroom odors~ smell more like citrus than shit. Shitrus.

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Promising review: "A must-have at the office. This has taken the fear out of walking out of the bathroom and running into the person WAITING to go next!" —Kim I

Price: $9.39

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13. A clay mask that may clean out those pores of yours.

Promising review: "For years, I have searched high and low for a product that would heal my cystic acne. I had always had beautiful skin until I hit my mid 20's, and then all heck broke loose. I have been using this product for just under a week now, and I have already seen drastic results." —Cindi

Price: $10.40

15. A light that'll make your bedroom ceiling look like the night sky.

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Promising review: "I purchased this product to use as a night light when my grandchildren sleep over. My expectation was that it would function as such. I did not expect it to be as nice as the picture on Amazon. Who does nowadays?

Imagine my surprise when I found that it actually IS the product it is advertised to be! This is a GREAT gift for a kid's room or anywhere else you'd like colorful projected stars! Bonus, it can be powered with batteries or via USB!" —Jennifer Campbell

Price: $17.99

16. A cleansing water that'll help you remove all your makeup *gently*.

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Promising review: "I tried this and it removed all dirt from my face. All. Of. It. Just in the past week my skin is softer, cleaner, and smoother. Smoother is a big one for me because I have pretty ruddy skin from being an acne suffer in my teens. I now have adult acne around the jawline and this has managed to keep it clear because it's cleaned my skin so well. I have also noticed that my blackheads around my nose and chin that have been there since age 12 are starting to become cleaner and disappear! It was worth every dollar for the health of my skin. So moisturizing, so soothing. I love micellar water so much!" —CNMCC

Price: $6.26

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18. A set of pore strips with an absolutely adorable strawberry on the packaging.

Promising review: "Used this on my dad's nose, he is 48 years old and has never done a pore strip and this three step process worked amazingly, let me tell you. It got out SO MANY blackheads it was ridiculous and you could tell it pulled out the full blackhead because you could see red in the holes in his nose. Amazing product, me and my sister are going to try them on ourselves next. His nose felt soft, too—after the 3rd step! I really feel like that 1st step really makes the difference between this product and other pore strip products." —Scott

Price: $12.59

19. A game to play with all your friends who are as obsessed with Harry Potter as you are.

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Promising review: "I bought this because my nieces are OBSESSED with Harry Potter. (We won't discuss my own obsession.) The game was so much fun. I took it on vacation and we spent hours reading questions and yelling out the answers. My nieces start at age 5 and the adults are well into their 30s. We all had a ball." —Theresa

Price: $19.89

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23. Bear paw shredders that'll make you feel like Wolverine whenever you make pulled pork.

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Promising review: "They're easy to use -- I pulled barbecue pork apart inside a dutch oven and it was much easier and faster than using a fork." —Randy Watson

Price: $12.95

24. A pack of 11 different TONYMOLY sheet masks to try out.

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Promising review: "Wonderful selection of masks! I didn't have a negative reaction to any of them (I almost avoided these because of bad previous experiences with sheet masks). My dry, sensitive skin feels AMAZING after using them. The red wine one is my absolute favorite 😜." —Tash

Price: $10.64

25. And/or a pack of 16 different Dermal ones.

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Promising review: "I didn't have high expectations (because of the price and amount of masks you get), but I was WRONG! These are amazing. I have used 4 masks over the span of 2 weeks and have seen a major improvement in the hydration level of my skin. My skin looks plumper and softer." —Amy Jackson

Price: $8.99

26. A blanket that'll (at long last!) turn you into a mermaid.

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Promising review: "It is so beautiful. The blanket/tail is so warm and comfortable. I'm someone who wears a blanket if I'm on the couch or bed (no matter the temperature) and this is the perfect size to do that. The tail opens about halfway up to 'get into.'" —MTBoone

Price: $18.80

28. And some pens to color it in with.

Promising review: "I absolutely love this new pen set. Complete with all colors, including neon colors. The different shades of the colors are very noticeable, which is just one positive. The tips are extremely fine, and so far I have used these pens on computer paper, regular stationary paper, journals, composition books, magazines, and in adult coloring books, and they did not bleed through any of the mentioned paper." —VR

Price: $24.05

29. A long-lasting gel that'll help you define sparse or lightly-colored brows.

Promising review: "Everyone said you need to leave it on over night to get a deep color, but I left it in for the recommended 2 hrs and my brows turned out perfect. My new favorite product! It shipped quickly, was easy to apply, didn't pull out my hairs, and looks flawless!" —Chelsea G.

Price: $7.30

30. A whale who can strain pasta with her baleen.

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Promising review: "It works really well, which I was really not expecting. Silly, I know, to buy something for cuteness. It seems to be holding up well, it is decently sized, and I can use it with my sauce pan, prep-bowls and larger pans easily. I use it every couple of days, and there has been no warping whatsoever." —Amazon Customer

Price: $8.99

31. Organizers that'll help you store so many more shoes on that shelf in your closet.

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Promising review: "Assembling these was incredibly easy: simply insert the toe piece and you are good to go. I mainly wanted them for my high-heeled shoes and ankle boots (so they wouldn't be toppling over in my closest) and I couldn't be happier with my results. I will definitely order more as my shoe collection grows." —Jonniegirl

Price: $19.75

32. A waterproof speaker for anyone who doesn't want to sing acapella in the shower.

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Promising review: "There is an attached suction cup that allows you to stick it to any appropriately smooth surface. It's been stuck to my shower wall for a week and hasn't fallen off. In addition to being able to play music (or other audio, like sound from a movie or TV show), it also acts as a hands-free speakerphone." —Voyn238

Price: $19.95

33. A hammock to rest your weary feet on at the end of a long day.

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Promising review: "Ah, this is the life. It's been hard for me to sit for long periods of time lately without my legs extended. I've been taking extra chairs from around the office in order to stretch out my tight hamstrings during the day. My boss was getting tired of tripping over said extra chairs, so I looked at all kinds of different options until I stumbled across this. It's sturdy, comfortable, and adds the ergonomic support I need. Bonus: making my coworkers smile/laugh as they see it 😀." —Sarah Shelton

Price: $12.16

34. A book for anyone who longs to eat a few burgers with the Belcher family.

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Promising review: "This cookbook is better than it has any right to beef. It's not only a gouda read, but it has egg-celent recipes. It's a great topic piece at patties, too. Make sure you pickle this up, you'll relish it for years to cumin." —David

Price: $13.56

35. An incredibly sweet (and customizable!) mug for your mom.

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Promising review: "The mug is absolutely perfect. I got it for my mom for Mother's Day and it is beautiful. The company was great about making sure the flowers were in the right locations on the states. I was so nervous that it wouldn't come out right, but it came out exactly how I wanted it! Such a great gift." —Amazon Customer

Price: $18.99

36. A closet organizer for camisoles, bathing suits, dresses, and other garments with small straps.

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Promising review: "Very handy for someone who likes to keep all their tanks together. Definitely built to last. Solid build. Easy to use. Also great for someone who wants to hang their jewelry." —MariamG

Price: $9.99

37. Ten different kitchen tools that all fit together into one flowerpot-shaped whole.

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Promising review: "This is a fun and cleverly presented pot of gadgets to help you prepare fruit for almost any occasion and makes a bright and cheerful addition to the kitchen. Even better, it all stacks together in a fun way, so even if you can't find room for it in the cupboard, it's not an eyesore to have it sitting on the counter, because it looks so good." —Amazon Customer

Price: $19.49

39. A tea-infusing sloth who adores soaking in a cup of hot water.

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Promising review: "Somehow, turning every cup of tea into a hot tub makes it that much better to drink. The arms are a little flexible, so it fits pretty much all cup sizes and the bottom can be turned inside out with ease for quick cleaning. Overall, it's a great little addition to a morning cup of tea and gives you an extra reason to smile." —Dana

Price: $9.74

40. A map that's like a giant scratch ticket (so you can scratch away the countries you've visited when you arrive back home from a trip).

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Promising review: "My kids loved the maps. Biggest issue is my son can't decide to scratch off where he's been already or to start fresh with his girlfriend. Decisions!" —Nellie

Price: $26.99

42. A cover that'll make your keyboard look so freaking pretty (plus help prevent dust build-up, worn keys, and liquid damage issues from spills).

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Promising review: "Has already protected my brand-new Macbook from getting crumbs in the keys. Also, it's made my typing a LOT quieter, which I didn't expect, and which I really appreciate because I type really fast/loud. Makes it easier for my poor boyfriend to sleep when I'm online next to him in bed." —Amazon Customer

Price: $5.99

43. Glittery "thinking putty" that's so much cooler than traditional Silly Putty.

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Promising review: "I love Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty! Fun and stress-relieving. This has been one of my favorite shades/colors. The gold looks great and still blends/breaks like other putties. We have a lot of putty around our office, and some fades/discolors after a great deal of use. This has remained the same since day one: it's great!" —Maris S.

Price: $11.44

44. A teeny, tiny plastic welder for repairing things around the house.

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Promising review: "Fixed extensive spider cracks in my Subaru Forester rear window molding. Fixed busted hinges on eyeglasses. Fixes almost anything, and durably. I cannot believe the versatility of this adhesive." —Colin Wood

Price: $25.99

45. Drumstick pens that'll turn your desk into a makeshift band rehearsal space.

Promising review: "I bought these recently for a co-worker who teaches percussion instruments. He flipped out he loved them so much! Great novelty gift for a co-worker or friend!" —J. Tierney

Price: $8.99

46. A butterfly-shaped silicone mat to clean makeup (or paint!) brushes on.

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Promising review: "Great item. Cleans brushes in a snap. Easier than rubbing them against your smooth hand or sink. Rub a few times and all the make up comes out. The little fingers get into the brush and release the make up. Great find. Very highly recommend! Worth the money. Even good for sponges! Fantastic!" —Marie DeVita

Price: $12.99

47. Gorgeous agate coasters.

Promising review: "The agate coasters are beautiful!!! I ordered them for a Christmas gift for my aunt who collects agates. I'm sure she will love them. I think they are a unique and special present. Can't wait for her to see them." —Amazon Customer

Price: $22.99

48. A book to help you master the art of not giving a fuck.

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Promising review: "As someone who has given far too many f***s about far too many things their entire life, this book was exactly the wake up call I needed." —Amanda Henry

Price: $14.99

49. A ~magical~ defrosting mat for anyone who's too impatient to wait for a steak to defrost on its own accord.

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Promising review: "I love it. I bought one for me and one for my mom. She loves this thing so much, she wonders how she lived without it. Defrosts pretty fast and, as a mom with two toddlers who's very forgetful, it helps me make dinner on time." —Cin

Price: $24.95

50. A charcoal peel-off mask to get of all the dead skin currently chilling on your face.

Promising review: "I tried it on my nose to see if it will work on my blackheads and HALLELUJAH! My nose has never been cleaner and/or clearer than this. It has taken out what seemed to be permanent black heads on my tip that no pore strips have ever managed to remove. It also just gave me a deeper clean than ever before. Additionally, this product makes total sense because, unlike pore strips, the gel consistency allows you to shape the product around your nose how you want it, so it can take out the gunk in the hard to reach areas. Pore strips just don't allow this much flexibility." —Aisha Kibwana

Price: $8.49

51. An elephant-shaped cutlery (or toothbrush) holder that'll drain excess water out of its trunk.

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Promising review: "Have you looked, I mean really looked, at your toothbrush holder? Well, I have, and no matter how often I clean it, it seems to always get disgusting pretty quickly. That could be because I have 4 children using one but still, it's disturbing how much build up happens in a short time. I have been using this for awhile now and we haven't had any build up. This can be used for so many different things, not just a toothbrush holder. If you are looking for a unique gift for someone, this is what you need to buy now." —JenZ

Price: $11.99

52. A PopSocket that attaches to the back of your phone (or a tablet) to make it easier to hold on to *or* stand up on a table (or other surface).

Promising review: "One of the best things I have purchased in the past decade, hands down.This makes Pokemon Go so much easier: I'm no longer accidentally dropping my phone or launching it across the room! I keep my phone propped all the time now and I purchased a new phone case and the PS transferred with absolutely zero issues, just as sticky as day. I'm beyond thrilled with this product and will continue to tell ANYONE who will listen about it." —Sammi

Price: $9.99

54. Oil-absorbing sheets that come in such a sweet container, you'll actually want to have a greasy forehead.

Promising review: "This has to be one of the cutest things ever to be in a makeup bag or purse. So useful and helpful! And portable but convenient enough to store in a purse or bag without being cumbersome. You couldn't ask for a better way to take the shine out of your face when it starts to get later in the day and oil starts to appear." —Nichole Spence

Price: $15.99

55. Itsy bitsy strings of lights that are attached to corks (so you can turn empty bottles into lamps).

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Promising review: "I love these lights! Three come in a pack and they're so cute to put in empty wine bottles. They're very bright and I love that the end piece looks just like a cork. Highly recommended for cute decorating!" —MD

Price: $8.99

56. A miniature personal heater to put on an end table, nightstand, or desk.

Promising review: "This little guy puts out an impressive amount of heat. It won't heat a large or medium sized space, but if you need to heat under your desk or very near your person, it definitely puts out the heat. It works well in my 8'x 9' office in a standalone unheated, uninsulated brick building." —Erik Gordon Bainbridge

Price: $18.88

57. A mug with a Marauder's Map on it that only appears when you pour in a hot liquid.

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Promising review: "When it's empty/cold, the mug is black, but you can still kind of see the map if you look up close. At first glance, or from a distance, however, it looks like a plain black mug. When hot liquid is in the mug the map shows beautifully, however, and it's very detailed! " —Yong L.

Price: $19.99

The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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